Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Kitchen Weapon: Ground Chipotle Powder

Sure—you can buy canned chipotles in adobo, slice/chop/puree them & use them in recipes.  That’s delicious, but it can be time consuming & messy.

Here enters my friend ground dried chipotle powder.
I go through 1.5-2 bottles of this a year...
 I love dried ground chipotle powder…it’s probably one of my favorite ingredients in my spice cabinet.  It is a quick, easy way to add smoky undertones & flavorful heat to a dish.  Sprinkle a little on flank steak or skirt steak with some garlic, salt & pepper when grilling out.  Add it to chicken seasonings & rub it onto chicken before you grill it. Use it as the base of a great dry rub for ribs (recipe coming soon)…

Chipotle mayo?  Don’t waste money buying it in a jar.  Make it yourself. Try dipping sweet potato fries into it, or using it on beef & cheddar melts. 
2 Tablespoons of your choice of Mayo + ¼ teaspoon of chipotle powder = a good basic chipotle mayo.
Not spicy enough for you?—add more chipotle powder. 

Are you a mayo hater? (craziness but understandable), substitute sour cream or Greek yogurt.    

Add a little chipotle powder to your favorite mayo, yogurt or sour cream based dip…yada yada yada…the possibilities are endless.

Chipotle Powder PSA = over. J

Chopped pork that was rubbed with chipotle dry rub.

Chipotle mayo

 Not a pretty picture...but it's a delicious sandwich.
Chipotle chopped pork, chipotle mayo & cheddar cheese on
 fresh baked Naan.

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